Friday, June 11, 2010

Texas Juries Refusing to Send Pot Offenders to Prison: NPR

By David Downs
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Drug courts and the state-mandated rehab industry detail their trouble with cannabis decriminalization, in yet another pot piece by NPR — which has recently gone all in on the topic. "These days it's difficult for a lot of people to see marijuana as a problem, even if they have never touched the stuff," says Judge John Creuzot of Dallas, who has presided over drug courts and regular felony courts. "When we get into guilt, innocence and punishment, you see a lot of pushback, especially on marijuana, from the citizens [juries]," he says. "They don't think it should be a felony offense and ... so it's very difficult to get them to commit to sending someone to the penitentiary for possession of marijuana." Our hearts go out Judge Creuzot and the challenges he faces locking up potheads. Also in that piece ...

Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, mouthpiece of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, told NPR he doesn't buy any of the arguments in favor of legalizing pot: that it will reduce violence, free up police to fight other crimes, and raise tax dollars. "None of that really holds up under any scrutiny," he dismisses, without presenting any data whatsoever.

However, Jeffrey A. Miron, a senior lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, politely disagrees with the Drug Czar and says legalize it.

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